Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is issuing driver licenses and ID cards that have been redesigned with enhanced security features. Additionally, within the next few months, Wisconsin DMV be issuing all driver licenses and ID cards centrally (through the mail) as opposed to the current over-the-counter system.
As of late March, people renewing or getting a new Wisconsin driver license or ID card will notice some very visible changes including new color, new graphic images and laser engraving. DMV customer service centers began issuing the new style cards March 21 at a few locations.
Issuance of the new cards started off gradually at select customer service centers. All DMV customer service centers will be issuing the new style cards within the next few months. All driver license and ID card holders should know that their current driver license or ID card is valid until its expiration date, including those issued previously in a different style.
The new cards meet driver license and ID standards approved by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), and have federally recommended security features designed to avert counterfeiting, reduce the risk of identity theft and decrease fraud.
Important changes for those checking IDs
Persons under the age of 21 will receive driver licenses and ID cards in a vertical format, making them easily distinguishable.
Customers will leave the DMV service center with a paper receipt that is valid for 45 days. The receipt, including their photo, is acceptable photo identification for voting and serves as their license or ID until the card arrives in the mail. Customers who are renewing an existing license or ID card will also leave the DMV service center with their expired (or soon to be expired) card, invalidated with a hole punch by the DMV processor.
Fact Sheet on ID Checks (PDF)
More Information from the DMV
Brochure of the New ID Card Designs (PDF)